practicality of iphone4 as wireless modem


Jul 23, 2005
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hi,

planning to get iphone4 next year when my mio home + BB + mobile phone contract expire (they expire at the same time).

can someone tell me what sort of bandwidth I can expect to get if I use iphone4 as modem to access internet? singtel's iphone 4 contract comes with 12BG data, in terms of GB there are enough for my usage - just email, surfing, some youtube and picture upload.

TIA
 

Rashkae

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Don't underestimate how quickly 12GB are gone, especially if you use youtube.

Do you currently have a smartphone like android, etc? It would be about the same speed. Good enough for surfing and email.
 

paesyl

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I using 12GB with iphone 3GS.

Speed wise is still acceptable.

I surf:
1) about 2x a week on with iphone internet tethering
2) every on iphone.

So far have not use more that 12 GB.
 

night86mare

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iphone is still slower than normal broadband la...

but if you do email, surfing, uploading of pictures and youtube... i guess if you aren't too picky it will be sufficient.. just a bit slow for me..
 

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Don't underestimate how quickly 12GB are gone, especially if you use youtube.

Do you currently have a smartphone like android, etc? It would be about the same speed. Good enough for surfing and email.
I use a HTC TD2 right now but I have not used the 3G data as it is not part of my plan.
Actually I don't watch youtube so much. More I spent time uploading photos and videos for my daughter's blog :)

BTW if both me and my wife will switch to iphone together so it is 2x 12GB :)
 

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iphone is still slower than normal broadband la...

but if you do email, surfing, uploading of pictures and youtube... i guess if you aren't too picky it will be sufficient.. just a bit slow for me..
indeed expect iphone/ any smartphone will be lower than fixed line BB.

I just dont feel like spending on fixed line BB then two mobile phone subscriptions.
the meow tv thingy costs me about $60/mth and each phone at least $25/mth (as cost of plan without excess usage). That's > $100/mth already. 2x iphone4 plans is about the same (depends if I want to pay more for the hardware upfront or not) and I have the flexibility to surf anywhere (without paying another subscription for the stick).
 

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indeed expect iphone/ any smartphone will be lower than fixed line BB.

I just dont feel like spending on fixed line BB then two mobile phone subscriptions.
the meow tv thingy costs me about $60/mth and each phone at least $25/mth (as cost of plan without excess usage). That's > $100/mth already. 2x iphone4 plans is about the same (depends if I want to pay more for the hardware upfront or not) and I have the flexibility to surf anywhere (without paying another subscription for the stick).
understand, it is hard to finish the 12gb also, actually.

i always use about... 1-2gb?

well, i definitely can't use iphone as modem, because i indulge in online gaming now and then... i did use the iphone as wireless before, when having internet problems... and i wanted to die. :bsmilie:
 

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i did use the iphone as wireless before, when having internet problems... and i wanted to die. :bsmilie:
we are all sucked into this internet thing nowadays.
feels very different without 'net or email access (not want to die but at least I'd say uncomfortable) . :)
 

lenrek

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hi,

planning to get iphone4 next year when my mio home + BB + mobile phone contract expire (they expire at the same time).

can someone tell me what sort of bandwidth I can expect to get if I use iphone4 as modem to access internet? singtel's iphone 4 contract comes with 12BG data, in terms of GB there are enough for my usage - just email, surfing, some youtube and picture upload.

TIA
12GB is enough? Err... For me just casual surfing only. I think, if I started to do surfing, watch video, download ISO, easily exceed 12GB in 1 week. Haha...

However, I don't really think is a good idea to replace your home network using a phone. I have a unlimited StarHub mobile broadband SIM and my mobile is SingTel with 12GB data plan, and I already KPKB about their speed. To be honest, before I own an Android, I did not aware the data coverage is not that good...

Checkout the news regarding local speed problem. It was posted in CS also.

http://www.clubsnap.com/forums/showthread.php?t=806844
 

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12GB is enough? Err... For me just casual surfing only. I think, if I started to do surfing, watch video, download ISO, easily exceed 12GB in 1 week. Haha...

However, I don't really think is a good idea to replace your home network using a phone. I have a unlimited StarHub mobile broadband SIM and my mobile is SingTel with 12GB data plan, and I already KPKB about their speed. To be honest, before I own an Android, I did not aware the data coverage is not that good...

Checkout the news regarding local speed problem. It was posted in CS also.

http://www.clubsnap.com/forums/showthread.php?t=806844
thanks for the link.
12GB enough or not, honestly I don't knokw since I never measured - is there a way with the fixed line BB, I'll do a search for such software later. but given I have net access at work for free, so only evening + weekend should not consume so much (my daughter drags me to play with her in the evening so I actually have limited time surfing on weekday evenings. weekend is household chores/shopping etc again limited time surfing). My main motivation for iphone4 data plan is to connect to trading site while i office :p and that's mostly text based stuff.
 

soma

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hi,

planning to get iphone4 next year when my mio home + BB + mobile phone contract expire (they expire at the same time).

can someone tell me what sort of bandwidth I can expect to get if I use iphone4 as modem to access internet? singtel's iphone 4 contract comes with 12BG data, in terms of GB there are enough for my usage - just email, surfing, some youtube and picture upload.

TIA
Speed wise, it is better than those your paid using a USB thing, think is 1.5mps vs 7.5mps (something like that) 12GB usually is enough but really depend on your usage.
 

zero o

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just don't cross 12 gb else penalty will b hefty. As for speed jus did a speedtest at changi t2 3G , download average is about 1000 kb n upload is 100 Kb
 

lenrek

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when you use tethering, you will lose the internet connection if you receive a call
Oh? This is for iPhone? I don't remember having such problem when I was tethering using my Galaxy S. Long time ago, when I was using Nokia E71, I definitely able to tether and make/receive phone calls at the same time.

EDIT: I just tried my Galaxy S, no problem with internet connection when make/receive calls. Maybe phone needs update?
 

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understand, it is hard to finish the 12gb also, actually.

i always use about... 1-2gb?

well, i definitely can't use iphone as modem, because i indulge in online gaming now and then... i did use the iphone as wireless before, when having internet problems... and i wanted to die. :bsmilie:
wa what games? we could had met before:bsmilie:
 

Jul 23, 2005
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when you use tethering, you will lose the internet connection if you receive a call
Oh? This is for iPhone? I don't remember having such problem when I was tethering using my Galaxy S. Long time ago, when I was using Nokia E71, I definitely able to tether and make/receive phone calls at the same time.

EDIT: I just tried my Galaxy S, no problem with internet connection when make/receive calls. Maybe phone needs update?
thanks guys. this is important (net + call simultaneously). I'll ask my friend to try on his ip4.
 

snowspeeder

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I use my iphone everyday for games and occasional email checking or facebook as most of the time i wait till i'm in front of the computer. In terms of usage I have difficulty even reaching 1GB of data usage. So 12 GB or not, it virtually unlimited for me.
 

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